AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - Remnants of an SUV, purple gloves and a beer bottle mark the spot where witnesses said a man was killed after running off the road early Labor Day morning.
"The truck was completely flipped over; smashed," said Alexis Lepard, a witness at the scene. "It had rolled; the tire was completely off of the truck, one tire was gone."
The Aiken County coroner said Ryan Jackson, 23, was speeding down Edgefield Highway, when he overcorrected and his car drove off the shoulder of the road. Jackson was ejected from the SUV when it flipped. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner says Jackson was not wearing a seatbelt, and was driving under the influence of alcohol. Two factors law enforcement officers are trying to prevent. South Carolina Highway Patrol launched multiple safe-driving campaigns running through the Labor Day weekend, what they call one of the most dangerous traveling weekends of the year.
"Different agencies, one goal: Getting impaired drivers off the roadway," said Lance Corporal Judd Jones. "Because, unfortunately, South Carolina is still one of the top leading states of alcohol-related crashes."
This SUV was involved in an alcohol related fatality. It sits here at the South Carolina Welcome Center as a reminder to travelers to drive safely.
"It's a mess!" said Dwight Moore. He's is driving back to his North Carolina home from Atlanta. He's one of hundreds of Labor Day travelers getting a closer look at what could happen when you drink and drive.
"Hopefully it'll wake people up," Moore said.
"If alcoholic beverages are going to be involved in your holiday weekend, it's very important to designate a driver," said Rhea Zorn, administrative director of AB Beverages. "Don't drink and drive, you know, for your safety and others on the road."